Truck accidents are often horrific scenes of twisted metal and unrecognizable vehicles. The injuries sustained to the occupants of those vehicles can be equally devastating and life-altering.
If you were injured in a truck accident in Florida, our experienced Stuart truck accident lawyers can determine if you have a case to pursue compensation for your injuries.
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a study from 2001 to 2003 in order to determine the causes of truck accidents in the United States. In 2007 they released a report on the findings entitled “The Large Truck Causation Study.” The study examined 967 crashes involving 1,127 large trucks, resulting in 352 fatalities and many other injuries. Analysis of the results found some consistent problems that persist to this day.
There are several types of motor vehicle accidents, some of which are inherently more serious than others due to their tendency to produce catastrophic injuries.
Common types of truck accidents include:
The seriousness of a vehicular accident is determined by several factors, such as:
The increased size and weight of trucks make accidents involving them inherently more dangerous, as the weight of the vehicle adds to the force of the impact. Because trucks can be dozens of times as heavy as cars, this results in the smaller vehicle absorbing more of the impact as the truck crashes through it. Additionally, the heavier vehicles require more time and greater room to stop, making these accidents both more dangerous and more likely.
At the federal level, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the government agency responsible for reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities that involve large trucks by creating and enforcing regulations.
On the state level, the Florida Highway Patrol Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (OCVE) enforces Florida trucking regulations.
The rules relevant to trucking in Florida include regulations regarding:
Like other negligence cases, truck accidents can involve economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.
In the tragic event of a death stemming from negligence that resulted in a truck crash, family members will be able to pursue a wrongful death case. In that case, speaking with a Stuart wrongful death attorney can help to navigate this complicated and challenging situation.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents related to someone’s negligence are:
In order to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), drivers must earn and maintain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) from the State of Florida. The certification process teaches truck drivers the safe practices of driving these large trucks (weighing up to 80,000 lbs), including:
Regardless of this training, accreditation, and legally-enforced guidelines, negligent and careless driving accounts for the majority of all truck-related accidents.
Although a truck driver can be the person responsible for the accident, there are several other potentially liable parties, such as:
After a truck accident in which you were injured, the claim process can be complex and overwhelming, partly because of the number of potentially at-fault parties. These claims are further complicated by the swiftness with which the trucking company’s insurance carrier will act to protect the trucking company. The insurance company may try to get you to accept a settlement quickly, or they may work aggressively to put the blame on you.
Our tractor-trailer accident attorneys in Stuart have decades of experience handling these types of cases, and they do not back down to powerful insurance companies. We put all of our skills and resources to work in building a strong case for you to get the compensation you need and deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor-trailer accident in or around Martin County, or if a loved one was killed in one of the types of wrecks, call a Stuart truck accident lawyer to learn about your legal options. We have sought compensation for some of the worst accidents on the road, including 18-wheeler accident lawsuits, and our experienced attorneys will dedicate the time and attention necessary to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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